Tales from the paddock: Zandvoort brings first DTM win of 2023 – Action-packed July in F1
Tales from the paddock: Zandvoort brings first DTM win of 2023 – Action-packed July in F1
Spielberg calling: We’re off to the next double-header!
F1 will be taking its annual summer break in August, but before then, there will be a flurry of activity in July with no fewer than four races packed into a single month. The busy schedule starts this weekend with the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg, followed just a week later by the British GP at Silverstone, the closest race to the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s home in Brackley. This year’s Austrian Grand Prix will be the 36th running of the event. The inaugural Austrian GP was contested at Zeltweg in 1964. From 1970 onwards, the race was held on the Österreichring and later on the rebuilt A1 Ring. Since 2014, the modernised Spielberg circuit has been a regular fixture on the racing calendar. In the 2020 and 2021 seasons, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Spielberg hosted two races on consecutive weekends, the Austrian GP and the Styrian GP, named after the Austrian province of Steiermark (Styria) where the circuit is located. The most successful drivers in the Austrian Grand Prix are Alain Prost and Max Verstappen, who each have three victories to their account. Verstappen additionally won the 2021 Styrian Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg (2014, 2015), Lewis Hamilton (2016) and Valtteri Bottas (2017, 2020) delivered a total of five Austrian GP victories for the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team, with Lewis adding another winner’s trophy in the 2020 Styrian GP. Mercedes-AMG’s tally of five Austrian GP victories makes it the third-most successful team at this event. Only McLaren and Ferrari have won this particular Grand Prix more often (six times each). Ferrari leads the qualifying table with eight pole positions, three ahead of Mercedes-AMG on five. Two of the five Austrian poles went to Lewis, three to Valtteri. Lewis additionally took pole position in the 2020 Styrian GP. The fastest race lap on this track is held by Carlos Sainz (McLaren, 1:05.609), set in the 2020 Styrian GP. The absolute lap record of 1:02.939 was clocked by Valtteri in the Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance, also in the 2020 season.
Mick, Esteban and two Silver Arrows at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
As if four Grands Prix within a month weren’t enough to keep motorsport fans occupied, there is yet another standout occasion on the weekend of 13 – 16 July, namely the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team will obviously also have a presence at this extravaganza, staging demo runs with two of the team’s historic racing cars. Our reserve driver Mick Schumacher will be occupying the cockpit of the F1 W02 which his father Michael raced in the 2011 F1 season. The two days (Saturday and Sunday) will be Mick’s first appearance at Goodwood. In addition, Esteban Gutierrez will take the wheel of the F1 W12, with which the team won its eighth consecutive Constructors’ World Championship title in 2021. In addition to the demo runs, the two cars will be on general display in the F1 pit lane from Friday to Sunday. But that’s not all! Also on show will be the Mercedes-AMG ONE which incorporates technology from F1 and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth. The unique hypercar was inspired by the premier class and is powered by an E PERFORMANCE plug-in hybrid with a 1.6-liter V6 turbo gasoline engine plus four electric motors. The whole package produces 1,063 hp of system output. The supercar will be driven by record DTM championship winner Bernd Schneider. In addition, a camouflaged version of the next-generation Mercedes-AMG GT, driven by Elliott Cole, and a Mercedes-AMG GT2 customer sports race car with Thomas Jäger at the wheel will take to the Goodwood track.
How we are inspiring the women engineers of the future
This is now the 10th successive year in which the International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) has shone a spotlight on female talent in the engineering industry. In doing so, INWED plays an important role in encouraging more young women and girls to choose a career in engineering. In the framework of INWED 2023, the team offered fans the opportunity to ask questions of Rosie Wait, our Head of Race Strategy, which Rosie answered in an exclusive Q&A session on the team website. Here she talks about her career path, race strategies and advice for aspiring engineers. The Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team is proud to play its part in promoting more diversity in our own team and in the industry. Encouraging more women and girls into F1 and motorsport-related industries is a key cornerstone of our Accelerate 25 programme, which was launched in December 2020. Our target is for at least 25% of all new team members to be drawn from underrepresented groups in each year up to and including 2025. At the same time, the team has been hosting internal women’s networking events since 2022, working with initiatives such as Girls on Track and F1 in Schools as well as with the ‘Stemettes’. Working in partnership with the Mulberry Schools Trust, we also launched the Mulberry STEM Academy to nurture a passion and aptitude for STEM subjects in students aged 7-18.
Five fascinating facts about our F1 hospitality programme
F1 thrills millions of people every year, whether they are watching the racing action on TV, from the grandstands or in the comfort of our hospitality and event programme at the F1 host venues. Achieving peak performance all comes down to fantastic teamwork and meticulous attention to detail, both on and off the track. The same applies to our hospitality and event programmes, which provide an unforgettable experience for our partners and guests at every Grand Prix, all thanks to the tireless work of our marketing department. An entire team works seamlessly in the background, looking after guests and laying on a programme of activities and experiences. The presentation is so immaculate that the amount of preparation and nimble thinking and action on the ground is not immediately apparent to our guests.
DTM: Mercedes-AMG returns to winning ways
Following a DTM season opener in which Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing failed to register a Top Five finish, the brand struck back decisively at Zandvoort, which was hosting the second race weekend of the campaign. Mercedes-AMG Performance driver Maro Engel (GER) dominated the weekend on the Dutch Grand Prix circuit, not only securing the second pole of his DTM career on Saturday, but also his second DTM race win. Driving the number 48 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Mercedes-AMG Team MANN-FILTER, Engel even completed the hat-trick by clocking the fastest race lap. He won ahead of reigning DTM champion Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) and Franck Perera (FRA). On Sunday, Engel qualified third on the grid and crossed the finish line in fifth place. On the podium for Race 2, however, was another Mercedes-AMG Performance driver: Luca Stolz (GER) in the number 4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Mercedes-AMG Team HRT worked his way up from sixth to third behind Ricardo Feller (SUI) and Thomas Preining (AUT). With strong pace and a good choice of strategy, he held off two-time champion Marco Wittmann (GER) in a thrilling last few laps. After the second of eight race weekends in the 2023 DTM, Engel is the best-placed of the Mercedes-AMG driver contingent, occupying fourth place in the overall standings.
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ADAC GT4 Germany:
Marcel Lenerz and Denis Bulatov enjoyed an almost perfect weekend in the ADAC GT4 Germany at Zandvoort. In Saturday’s race, the German duo in the number 4 Mercedes-AMG GT4 of BCMC Motorsport powered by EastSide Motorsport fell just 0.7 seconds short of victory after a series of thrilling wheel-to-wheel duels. Lenerz and Bulatov made up for the missed opportunity in the second race on Sunday. The win takes them into the championship lead.
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship:
The two classics at Daytona and Sebring were followed by the third endurance race of the current IMSA season at the equally iconic Watkins Glen. After six hours of racing, Jules Gounon (AND) and Daniel Juncadella (ESP) in the number 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of WeatherTech Racing crossed the finish line fourth in the GTD Pro class. In the Michelin Endurance Cup, Gounon and Juncadella top the table after three of four races.
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge:
The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge also shared the billing at Watkins Glen. Kenny Murillo and Christian Szymczak (both USA) delivered a podium finish for Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing in this support series. After two hours of racing, the two Americans in the #72 Mercedes-AMG GT4 fielded by Murillo Racing came third.
Italian GT Championship:
In the first of the two races at Monza, Georg Kelstrup (DEN) and Gustavo Sandrucci (ITA) finished in the Top Ten. After 53 minutes of racing, the duo in the #6 Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Antonelli MotorSport took eighth overall, equivalent to fourth in the Pro-Am class. Kelstrup/Sandrucci finished the second race in twelfth place overall (sixth in the Pro-Am class).
British Endurance Championship:
Held on the British Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone, the fourth race weekend of the BEC resulted in a class win for Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing. Matt George (AUS) and Chris Jones (GBR) in the #21 Venture Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT4 crossed the finish line in fourth place overall at the end of the two-hour race.